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White House, Ed Dept call on schools to protect youth from fentanyl dangers

October 31, 2023

Via: K-12 Dive

“There is no time to waste when responding to an overdose, and it is critical that youth and school personnel can access naloxone on school grounds during and after school,” Cardona and Gupta’s letter said.

The letter pointed to illicit fentanyl and teenagers’ ability to buy synthetic opioid pills online as reasons why schools need to establish safe environments for students.

The letter came as the White House hosted a summit Monday with youth leaders, community-based coalitions, and federal partners on ways to prevent youth substance use. October is National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month.

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